When you have symptoms of cold, flu, COVID-19 or other infections, wear a facemask to protect others, including health care providers, from catching your illness. Talk with your doctor if you have questions about wearing a facemask.
We have evaluated several prototypes for fit and tested the following guidelines for handmade masks.
Please review our:
Download Instructions for making masks for health care workers. Please note that the nose wire component not optional.
Download a PDF of the pattern. Important: Right-click on the link and select "Save Link As" to download it to your computer before printing. Please check measurements on the pattern before cutting.
Read these FAQs to learn more about our pattern selection process, mask use, effectiveness and more.
Proper use and care of a cloth mask is critical for protecting yourself and others. Watch and download instructions.
The information on our website is medically reviewed and accurate at the time of publication. Due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, information may have since changed. CDC.gov and your state’s health department may offer additional guidance.